Starting off as a national students' event, Youmares has expanded over the years to a bottom-up worldwide network and international meeting of young ocean researchers and experts.

Preceded by the annual meeting of the German Society of Marine Research (DGM) and the DGM-Forum, Youmares 7 was again a great success where we could enjoy the various talks and workshops as well as spending time together. Many ideas and contacts were exchanged which is the main idea - and it was truly inspiring.

Around 110 participants joined Youmares 7 at the University of Hamburg. Eleven sessions gave an insight into the research fields of young researchers and students. It is one of the charming aspects of Youmares that also Bachelor and Master students have an audience to present their work. Young scientists organised everything informally, always a hand to give and a hand to receive help, that in the end everyone was sitting with an 'UR-Knall'- beer philosophising about how we can really manage EU-fisheries or dancing their PhDs in the Volt-Bar… Thanks for that experience!

And if you want: download the conference proceedings of YOUMARES 7, including all abstracts, proceedings articles and the programme


Support for Youmares 8
As every year, we need your help to realize our oncoming conference and network meeting. Youmares is non-profit oriented, still we need money and resources to make it happen. Take advantage and present your company or institution and become a sponsor of Youmares or participate in our exhibition in order to support the young marine researcher community. Contact

Also, we welcome your hands for organizing Youmares 8. If you are interested in joining as a volunteer and in getting involved with tasks beforehand or at the conference itself please contact us under


Lisa Hentschel presented the working group Oceanphilosophers founded after the Youmares conference in 2015 and invited participants to join. The platform is now being set up, see:

Are you interested to participate? Then contribute to newsletters and join our Oceanphilosophers meetings!
Send a mail to:


Let’s see each other in Kiel - we keep in touch; follow us on twitter or facebook.

Best wishes,
Viola Liebich (on behalf of the Youmares organization team)


Get your special YOUMARES 7  T-Shirt! Or get the design printed on your own shirts or bags! We will have a printing action on site! Our friends from Siebdruckwertstatt Bremen will join as like as last year. You may buy a shirt or feel free to bring your own shirts and print them!


Be aware of the extended deadline: July 15th 2016 for abstract submissions!

We are happy to announce this year´s sessions:

  1. From egg to juvenile: Advances and novel applications to study the early life history stages of fishes
    Franziska Bils, Maik Tiedemann
  2. Dissolved organic matter in aquatic systems: Assessment and applications
    Rafael Conçalves-Araujo
  3. Fighting eutrophication in shallow coastal waters
    Nardine Stybel, Dr. René Friedland
  4. Deep, dark and cold – Frontiers in polar and deep sea research
    Alexandra Schoenle, Tom Langbehn
  5. Going global: Invasive and range-expanding species
    Simon Jungblut
  6. How do communities adapt?
    Giannina Hattich, Luisa Listmann
  7. Marine species interactions and ecosystem dynamics: Implications for management and conservation
    Dr. Xochitl Cormon, Moritz Stäbler, Alexander Keth
  8. Coastal and marine pollution in the Anthropocene: Identifying contaminants and processes
    Anderson Abel de Souza Machado
  9. Social dimensions of environmental change in the coastal marine realm
    Janne Rohe, Stefan Partelow, Martin Lukas, Eric Tomatey Lawer, Katie Nelson, Rebecca Borges
  10. Phytoplankton: Are we all looking at it differently? Diverse methods and approaches to the study of marine phytoplankton
    Ingrid M. Angel Benavides, Larissa K. Schultze
  11. Coral reefs and people in changing times
    Ryan McAndrews, Jan-Claas Dajka

You are willing to contribute your research outcomes to one of the sessions above?

Please prepare your abstracts for oral and or poster presentation (350 words max) for submission to one of the sessions above following the guidelines shown on the website and send it to abstract(at) until 15th of July latest.

The session chairs will assess the quality of submitted abstracts and will select oral and poster presentations for YOUMARES 7 based on objective criteria.

Please look at the submission guidelines prior to sending your abstracts.